Baseball Heads Down To Southern California For Spring Break Series

UC Davis baseball returns to action this weekend as they travel down to Southern California for a three-game series with LMU.  (Wayne Tilcock, <i>Davis Enterprise</i>)
 
UC Davis baseball returns to action this weekend as they travel down to Southern California for a three-game series with LMU. (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 21, 2007

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This Week
Fri., March 23 - at LMU, 3:00 p.m.
Sat., March 24 - at LMU, 1:00 p.m.
Sun., March 25 - at LMU, 1:00 p.m.

Last Week
Tues., March 13 - lost to Cal, 7-6

Aggie Quick Notes
The Aggies lost a heartbreaker to Pac-10 power Cal last Tuesday, 7-6... The Golden Bears scored the winning run off a two-out RBI in the top of the ninth inning... 3B Daniel Descalso continued his hot streak from the plate as he went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. This weekend's series against LMU marks the Aggies' first road series since Feb. 9-11 when they traveled down the Malibu for a three-game set with nationally ranked Pepperdine.

DESCALSO AND HANKE LIGHT IT UP, AGAIN: Following a week in which they lit up their opposition by combining to go 21-for-34 (.618) with 10 runs scored, seven RBI's and seven doubles from the 3-4 positions in the line up, 3B Daniel Descalso and RF Aaron Hanke again broke out offensively in their only game last week as they combined to go 6-for-9 with two RBI's, three runs score and two doubles... Descalso collected four hits, two runs scored and two doubles... Not to be outdone, Hanke had two hits, one run scored and an RBI during that game.

ABOUT LMU: The Lions enter the three-game series with UC Davis on a four-game losing streak... LMU lost a three-game series to UC Santa Barbara last weekend and dropped a single game with Cal State Northridge on Tuesday... Against Santa Barbara, the Lions lost the first two games by a combined three runs before dropping the final game by nine runs...On Tuesday, LMU lost a rain-shortened game to Northridge, 9-3... This series is the first baseball meeting between the two schools.

HEAD COACH Rex Peters: ON LMU SERIES: "I don't know much about them, but I know their Friday starter has a pretty good arm and is a prospect. Their park is an offensive park and that helps us out a lot. We'll practice a little before we leave for LA" ON TEAM'S MIND SET: I think we've put that Cal game behind us and our guys have really been focused on finals. We'll try to get their minds focused back on baseball in the next few days and hopefully go down there and play well for a three days and get a couple wins and get fresh start to get back on track. We're going to change the rotation a little bit and we know we've underachieved defensively a little bit, but we're wiping the slate clean heading into this weekend. I still think out best baseball is ahead of us."

AGGIES ON THE AIR: This weekend's series can be heard live through both the UC Davis and LMU websites... The Lions' website, lmulions.com, will broadcast all three games, which can be accessed through a link on their schedule page... Keep in mind, the link only works for those with a PC computer... KDVS' Dan Besbris will bring all the action live for the Aggies on Saturday and Sunday through Stretch Internet on ucdavisaggies.com... The broadcast can be heard from any computer through the live audio link on the left-hand column on the website.

FINALS WEEK: A collective sigh of relief may be heard from the entire Aggie baseball team this week as they finish up final exams before spending their spring break in Southern California for a three-game series with the Lions and a single game with Fresno State next Tuesday... "You never know what to expect coming out of finals," said Rex Peters. "To be away from the game for a week is tough sometime, but we'll work out and be ready to play this weekend."

TRIPLE YOUR PLEASURE: The Aggies wowed all fans in attendance during a March 4 game against Portland as they turned an unconventional 3-6 triple play in the third inning... A Pilot batter lined out to Evan Hudson at first base, who then tagged the runner at first before throwing out the runner at second...

IT'S NOT EASY: According to the preseason NCAA Strength of Schedule (SoS) rankings, UC Davis has the 13th toughest schedule of any Division I team with an SoS of 111.3... Fellow Big West member Long Beach State sits atop that list with an SoS rating of 114.6.

GREEN LIGHT AT FIRST: OF Aaron Hanke cranked out 34 hits last season, but only 16 were singles. Since 1961, which is as far back as individual records go, only six players have had 50 percent or more of their hits go for extra bases. Hanke ranks second on that list behind Carl Velleno, who had 23 of 39 hits go for extra bases in 1997, which is 59 percent of his hits.

AURORA CHASING SCHOOL RECORDS IN TWO CATEGORIES: After recording his first save of the season against Santa Clara last month, RHP Nik Aurora now has nine career saves, placing him in a tie with Bill Brelsford (1993-96) for No. 7 on the program's top 10 list... The Aggie senior can move up a spot on the list with each successive save from here on... CHRIS STROMBERG (1981-84) holds the school record with 15... With six appearances so far this season, Aurora is now second all-time with 66 games pitched and is only two games shy of the career record held by Dave McKae (2002-05).

DIVISION I OR DIVISION II? A LESSON IN RECLASSIFICATION: UC Davis is in its fourth and final year of reclassification to NCAA Division I status... Officially, UC Davis (like all other institutions currently reclassifying) is a Div. II institution until its first active year of Div. I (for UC Davis, that's in 2007-08)... However, the university was required to follow all NCAA Div. I rules and regulations, including those governing scheduling, beginning in 2004-05... Similarly, UC Davis began counting last year as a Div. I team for its opponents strength-of-schedule purposes, started to be included in Div. I stats, and has been added to most media coverage of Div. I athletics, primarily because of its competition... UC Davis will become official members of the Big West Conference in 2007-08 but has been fully integrated into regular-season scheduling in all its member sports.